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Governors Uniting to Fight Critical Blood Shortages

Multiple governors are proclaiming state blood donation days in response to blood bank shortages throughout the country.

Last year 33 Governors declared state blood donation days to unite during National Blood Donation Week.

According to the American Red Cross, 36,000 units of blood are needed in the U.S. every day.

Emergency rooms treating trauma victims, hospitals treating anemic patients, and medical clinics replenishing low blood levels in cancer patients require a steady supply of blood products.

38% of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood but less than 10% actually do.

Inconsistent donation patterns during the year result in unpredictable and reliable blood supply numbers, hence donation is requested year round.

United Blood Services suggests donating three times a year.

The summer and holiday season appear to be the “dryest” in terms of donations.  States and regions frequently need to ship blood to areas who are in need.

National Blood Donation Week is September 4-10th and this year National Blood Donation Day falls on September 8th, with many states declaring September 8th their State Blood Donation Day.

States who have already proclaimed September 8th their Blood Donation Day this year include:

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Arizona
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Maine
  • Michigan
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Washington
  • Wisconsin

Arizona proclaimed September 4-10th Arizona Blood Donation Week.

More will follow as we near closer to September.

 

To donate blood or host a blood drive, please visit here.

 

Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network, iHeart Radio and Board Certified Family Physician

 

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World Blood Donor Day: Saving Lives One Drop at a Time

June 14th is World Blood Donor Day.  Established by the World Health Organization in 2004, World Blood Donor Day thanks donors and raises awareness for the global need of blood products.

Blood banks throughout the country, including American Red Cross and United Blood Services, are holding drives to help keep their stores full for local hospitals and medical centers.

Blood products are used for trauma patients,  those whose blood counts are low due to anemia, and many who suffer from blood disorders.

One pint of blood could be used to save three lives.  Whole blood donations can last “on the shelf” for 42 days, but platelets, which provide clotting factors, only last for 5 days.

Donors are therefore needed year round.  One can donate blood every 60 days and platelets can be donated every week for up to 24 weeks a year.

Although 38% of the US population is eligible to donate blood, less than 10% actually do.

World Blood Donor Day helps bring much needed blood during the summer months when less people donate.

In 2016 a United States National Blood Donation Day was created along with a National Blood Donation Week, with multiple states creating state blood donation days during the first full week of September.

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Campaigns such as these remind people that blood is needed year round.

The World Blood Donor Day slogan this year is “What can you do?”….

Give Blood, Give Now, Give Often…..

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To find the nearest blood bank near you, visit:

http://www.unitedbloodservices.org/

http://www.redcross.org/give-blood

 

 

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Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network, iHeart Radio and Board Certified Family Physician

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National Blood Donation Week Looking for Organizations to Host Blood Drives

September 4th – 10th is National Blood Donation Week.  September 8th this year will be National Blood Donation Day.

In efforts to help replenish this country’s blood bank supply, we created this campaign to help United Blood Services, American Red Cross and blood banks throughout the country meet their local needs.

Last year, Governors from over 33 states made individual state Blood Donation Days and some such as Arizona made Blood Donation Week and Alaska created a Blood Donation Month!

This awareness provides opportunities for people and their coworkers and neighbors to help donate something that’s free and lifesaving!!!

Those willing to donate blood or those wishing to host a blood drive are urged to contact us here under Comments or at http://www.doctordaliah.com/national-blood-donation-day-.html.

One pint of blood can save up to 3 lives! Imagine what the whole country could do!

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And you can start helping now!! Blood is needed year round!!

For more on last year’s NBDW see:  https://doctordaliah.wordpress.com/2016/09/12/blood-shortage-crisis-multiple-states-unite/

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National Blood Donation Day and Week in its planning stages now

September 4th – 10th is National Blood Donation Week.  September 8th this year will be National Blood Donation Day.

In efforts to help replenish this country’s blood bank supply, we created this campaign to help United Blood Services, American Red Cross and blood banks throughout the country meet their local needs.

Last year, Governors from over 33 states made individual state Blood Donation Days and some such as Arizona made Blood Donation Week and Alaska created a Blood Donation Month!

This awareness provides opportunities for people and their coworkers and neighbors to help donate something that’s free and lifesaving!!!

Those willing to donate blood or those wishing to host a blood drive are urged to contact us here under Comments or at http://www.doctordaliah.com/national-blood-donation-day-.html.

One pint of blood can save up to 3 lives! Imagine what the whole country could do!

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For more on last year’s NBDW see:  https://doctordaliah.wordpress.com/2016/09/12/blood-shortage-crisis-multiple-states-unite/

 

 

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Blood Shortage Crisis – multiple states unite

 

Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP

As summer ends, many us are relieved to see the end to the heat and for me personally, the kids returning to school.

But the end of summer is not a relief for some.  In fact, its not a relief for any of us.  The blood shortage crisis that plagued our country in the beginning of the summer has gotten worse.  And blood supplies for many blood banks, hospitals, medical centers are now at critical levels.

Adding fuel to the fire, the Zika crisis is preventing many people who usually donate blood to wait at least a month, following the February FDA deferral recommendations.  And today we learn that two Florida counties have halted blood donation entirely due to a confirmed local transmission of the virus.

National Blood Donation Week was created for this reason.  The first full week of September, the 4th – 10th is National Blood Donation Week culminating on September 10th for National Blood Donation Day.  Created by Dr. Daliah Wachs, a family physician, nationally syndicated radio personality and assistant professor at Touro University Nevada, National Blood Donation Week unites all states and blood banks all across America. In 2014 she joined forces with United Blood Services and American Red Cross to create Nevada Blood Donation Day, and its success led to the creation of the campaign to create state blood donation days in every state.

States who proclaimed Blood Donation Days include:

Illinois

Oklahoma

Mississippi

New Mexico

Connecticut

North Dakota

North Carolina

Rhode Island

Indiana

Arkansas

Vermont

Utah

Montana

Louisiana

Alabama

Missouri

Massachusetts

Maryland

Maine

Oregon

Iowa

Florida

Nevada

Michigan

Alaska

New Hampshire

Pennsylvania

Washington

South Dakota

Minnesota

Wisconsin

Georgia

Nebraska

Arizona Governor Ducey proclaimed Arizona Blood Donation Week, as did Governor Pence for Indiana.

Alaska proclaimed the whole month of September Blood Donation Challenge Month.

Please help fight the Blood Shortage

One pint of blood can potentially save three lives.  So a campaign such as this could save millions.  Many blood donors can donate every 56 days and if one is donating platelets (clotting factors) they could donate roughly every week with a max of 24 weeks.

Blood donation only takes about 10-15 minutes and all blood is screened prior to delivery to the blood banks.

When disaster strikes, the blood that is on the shelves had been processed days before.  Hence blood needs to be donated and ready before a crisis.  Since the shelf life of donated blood is approximately 42 days, blood donations are urged year round!  The average healthy person can easily donate 3-4 times a year.

Any all all blood types are welcome.  A, B, AB and O blood types will be gratefully received by blood banks throughout the US.  If you can host a drive or donate blood, please visit any of the following websites:

www.NationalBloodDonationDay.com and follow the link.  There are many blood banks available with their link if one wishes to donate blood or even host a blood drive.

Dr. Daliah

Daliah Wachs, MD is a Board Certified Family Medicine Physician who hosts the nationally syndicated show on iHeart Radio and GCN Network, The Dr. Daliah Show.